Audi R8 Based PPI Razor GTR Makes World Premier in Monaco
PPI Automotive Design GmbH is a German tuner that puts out some of the highest quality and most impressive limited production supercars. Their new PPI Razor GTR based on the Audi R8 is no exception. The concept version first appeared at the 2008 Essen Motor Show and now the production version is finally ready. The car uses the base 4.2-liter V8 engine but spruces it up to produce 580 hp, overshooting the 5.2L V10 by 55 horses. In addition, torque has been pumped up to 442 lb-ft which also bests the V10 by 52 lb-ft. See a pattern forming here? The PPI Razor GTR has a top speed of 206 mph and a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 3.7 seconds, which knocks 2/10th off the time from the 5.2L. How does all this magic happen? Well, a specially engineered supercharger with a ram-charged air filter system and high performance exhaust system are all calibrated to play nice with one another using a revised ignition map.
It also doesn’t hurt that PPI’s version of the Audi R8 weighs in at 3483 lbs, which is 551 lbs lighter than the 5.2L V10 version. Carbon fiber derived from Formula 1 and “aerospace proven” is used everywhere possible. As such, the car received a new front bumper, front diffuser, larger air inlets, side skirts, rear wing with an adjustable Gurney-flap, new motor cover, side blades, rear fender and rear bumper. The PPI Razor GTR also rolls on carbon-fiber forged aluminum PPI wheels in a staggered alignment with 10Jx19s in front and 12Jx20s in rear. I’m going to keep rolling with this carbon fiber theme while I still have the energy, so take a deep breath. Inside the car gets a carbon fiber hand-brake lever, door sill protectors, door trims, center console inserts, kneepad trims (interesting concept, I like where they are going with that one…), folding sports seats, headliners, steering wheel, shift-knob and door panels.
The PPI Razor GTR also benefits from a very cool hydraulic lift system that seems to find its way into more and more supercars which, when used for everyday driving, have a nasty habit of shredding their front fascia, grinding their undercarriage and getting side skirt stuck on speed bumps. Ground clearance can be upped to 45 millimeters when necessary.